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Place de la Bastille, Paris
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Straddling three arrondissements of Paris, Place de la Bastille marks the site of the former Bastille prison, once a symbol of royal authority in the city. On July 14, 1789, a group of roughly 1,000 Frenchmen fed up with abuses under the monarchy stormed the medieval fortress, spurring the beginning of the French Revolution. This day is commemorated each year in Paris and the rest of France as Bastille Day. Today, the busy square bears no lasting vestige of the building, but it remains a popular site of political demonstration and protest. To see where the prison's foundations once stood, follow a row of paving stones three across between boulevard Henri IV and rue St-Antoine. If you reach the important tourist destination by metro, pay attention to the markings on the platform of Line 5, which also trace the building's former foundations. Make Place de la Bastille part of your personalized Paris itinerary using our Paris itinerary planner.
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  • A nice area with plenty of shops to human scale, of living and shopping streets, a population Motley, but peaceful and active.
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  • Definitely just artistic interest. Remember what once was the storming of the Bastille and the end of regio, today an obelisk located in the middle of the square. Much traffic and poor aesthetic beauty!
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  • The place of the Bastille is to discover by going up the boulevard Henri IV from the tip of the Ile Saint Louis and the Seine, there view the column and his Golden genius, and the Bastille opera. Then, the port of the Arsenal, with its boats and its garden, nice walk River when it's nice and green. A lot of traffic, but it runs pretty well. Another beautiful view: from the inside of the opera Bastille in an intermission, especially at night. A beautiful place, remained relatively authentic and very nice. Let's not forget historical memories, the fortress and its decision on 14 July. In English, we generally say "Bastille Day" to talk about the French national holiday. Do not forget the guillotine that raged there for part of the Revolution. Not only more events that leave or arrive at the Bastille, one of the popular and protest of the France hearts. A black spot, the stairs that go down under the opera are pretty smelly.
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